The 2D fighting game, Phantom Breaker: Omnia, was scheduled to launch in 2021, but Rocket Panda Games has announced its delay to early 2022. The Mages-developed anime fighter is an update to the 2013 title, Phantom Breaker: Extra, which was an update to the original 2011 Phantom Breaker.
The Phantom Breaker games have only been released in Japan since the series debut in 2011. Mages had plans to release the first game in the West, but it ended up never happening after a cancellation. However, the West did get the spinoff beat ’em up title, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, which is available on Nintendo Switch.
Omnia will include the story from the original Phantom Breaker and Phantom Breaker: Extra and new content. Guest characters include Steins;Gates‘ Kurisu Makise and Rimi Sakihata from Chaos;Head. Two brand new characters will also join the roster of 20 characters. The fighting system has also been overhauled and rebalanced, so it’ll make it easy for new players to jump right in.
Phantom Breaker: Omnia director and producer Masaki Sakari shared a message on Twitter about the delay:
Message from Sakari P
I’m Sakari “P,” the Director/Producer for Phantom Breaker: Omnia. Today, I confess we have a rather unfortunate announcement to make.
Phantom Breaker: Omnia, for which we have been targeting a Late 2021 release, must inevitably be delayed to Early 2022. We understand that a lot of you have been waiting to play this game, and to those long-enduring fans I owe a huge apology.
The truth is that the porting and localization process have taken longer than I anticipated… and I take full responsibility for underestimating the scope of these very important tasks.
However, I am pleased to say that as of right now, the game is running on all of our target platforms (the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC), and we will begin QA very soon. We should be able to announce a release date in the coming months as we keep an eye on the debug process.
I promise everyone that you will be playing this game in the first few months of 2022. I realize that this delay may be concerning to some of the fans out there, but there is no scenario in which this game will not be released, so please be patient with us as we continue to work hard on bringing this game to you.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support!
Phantom Breaker: Omnia will release in early 2022 for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.